DAY 3 – 8: CRETE

After breakfast, meet your driver in the lobby of your hotel and get to the Athens airport. Your islands journey awaits! After a short domestic flight to Heraklion, your driver will meet you at the airport and transfer you to your hotel in Heraklion region. Check-in and spend the rest of the day at your leisure.

In the morning of Day 4, you will meet your guide at the hotel and set off to explore the centre of the Minoan civilization, the oldest in Europe, when you visit the Palace of Knossos. Walk through the ruins that date back to around 1900 BC., and see a few reconstructions of the former palace to get an idea of how incredible it was back in the day. Learn about the history, legends and the myth of the Minotaur, King Minos’ son – a ferocious half man, half bull. The king built a massive labyrinth in the palace to contain his son. Let your imagination fly as you see the ruins and look at various rooms including the throne room. This was where royalty and other inhabitants lived and walked once upon a time. You can also see beautiful frescoes at Knossos.

Afterwards, go for a tour of Heraklion and the Archaeological museum. See the ancient city walls and the harbor dominated by a Venetian fortress. You can also explore the city on your own, visit local markets, or sit down for a drink at a waterside café.

In the afternoon of Day 4, let your private driver transfer you to Chania, a town with an unmatching ambiance and a history of 5 civilizations combined in one place. Enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

After breakfast, in the morning of Day 5, meet your private guide and explore the old town & the Venetian harbor of Chania. Discover the beauties of the city like a local, find out the history and legends behind the town and see its landmarks, learn about the cultures that contributed to local character.

Spend Day 6 at Elafonisi, one of the most breathtaking beaches on Crete Island. Its clear blue waters, pink sand, and its unique landscape attract thousands of visitors every year. It has been ranked as one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Let your private driver transfer you to the beach and enjoy the scenic views on your way. In the afternoon, have a stop at a traditional local restaurant and enjoy the mouth-watering Cretan delicacies.

Next morning, our representative will meet you at the lobby of your hotel and take you on a private off-the-beaten-path gastronomy tour around Cretan villages. Get ready for a delicious time, interact with the locals, and understand the Cretan way of life.

Enjoy the last day in Crete at your leisure, marvelling through the historical streets of the Old Town or enjoying the Greek sun and crystal-clear waters on one of multiple Chania beaches.